Today I will present the Vålå cabins (Vålåstugorna).
Vala cabins in the centre of Jamtland mountains.
The cabin was build in 1930, and combined the rails from Stensdalen and Lunndörren to Vålådalen mountains station. During the 1800 there was copper mining in the area, there are still some tracks left. 3km vest of the cabin there are still three holes from the time, and a rest of a mining cabin in stone. From the cabin you got a amazing view. From the cabin you can reach the Gåsen cabin and Lunndörren or Stensdalen. You can also reach Vålådalens mountain station directly. Another very interesting trail is the one from Vålå cabins to Helags mountain station. This one of the longest trails in the area. Seldom used, so you probably will be alone on the trail.
This week I will test a new underwear from The North Face. It is not wool which is the first choice today. I will test it and so what it goes for.
TNF Kanagata underwear with Bicolor cationic yarn for the inside and nylon on the outside.
The training has been great this week. 670 minutes and 9 workouts. Today a combined workout at the gym, and 5 x 500m interval training.
Today here will be a new article series about mountain stations and mountains cabins in the Jamtland area. First out will be the Gåsen cabin.
The Gåsen cabin in Jamtland.
The first cabin was build in 1926, The Gåsen cabin is a hub in the area. You can reach; Storulvån, Sylarna, Helags, the Vålå cabins and the Stensdals cabins. The view from the Gåsen cabins is spectacle. You have the Sylarna massif in the west, and the Helags massif in the south west direction. You can also summit the top of Gåsen while you are staying here. There are also a lot of small lakes in the near. With 50 beds there will always be space for the hikers.
And so to the training, there has been a lot of endurance training. Swim run with 1900m swimming and 8km running, a speed march of 7km with 22kg back pack within 45. 50min(target was 50min, so approved:-)). This is good for the preparation for the upcoming guiding in the alps. While I was doing the 7km speed march, I was thinking about how to mentally motivate myself. It was a tough target, and I have told some people I was going ti do it. that was one of the triggers. And also to see how much I could force myself to the limit. The mind game during the endurance will be so important.
Train you mind to focus on the right thing..
And over to some new clothing. The Salewas Agner shell jacket is a real good jacket for the hard adventure.
Anger a good shell jacket for alpinism from Salewa
Its a hard work to be a reindeer shepherd. The samis work together, but it is a tough work due to you have to alert to protect the herd from wild dogs and wolfs. Even eagles and lynx’s is a threat. And the wolves has a supernal affect for the samis. They wait for the shepherd to become tired, then he will attack the reindeer herd. So you better not sleep.
A tough work to be a reindeer shepherd..
When the shepherd has been relieved, he fall into a heavy sleep. Nothing can wake him, well you would need a big pot of coffee and at least 5 minutes to get him awake. But if you whisper: ”Snuölke butji sisne” in his ear. He will wake up within a second. It means; the wolf is in the reindeer herd.
The wolf, one of the treats for the Samis.
When it comes to the mountain tourism in Sweden, it can be generalized into to areas; Mid Sweden and Lappland. The advantage for mid Sweden will be the access. It is easily to get there and within less time. When the railway company has decided that they will stop the night train, I am surprised that the tourist association not has stared to find other solutions. It would be easy to set up bus package from the big cities. Or package agreement with car hire companies. In this way they can ”own” the tourist the whole way to the destinations
. A solution that has been proven before, bus to the mountain area…
When it comes to training, it has been more endurance during the summer. That is good for have some rest from the gym training. Now I am prepared for the new gym season. There has also been a research about the training environment. And if you going out in the nature the negative thoughts will be remarkable reduced comparing to be in the city environment. This weeks exercises will be the plank, but do it with wide arms. You even train the chest doing it that way..
A new and even tougher way of the plank..
Challenge yourself with new exercise, you have to do that for improving. Keep on, it will rock:-)
I’ve been on a trip to the Hoga Kusten area in the north east part of Sweden. With a couple of good days in the Skule skogen area.
And so near to Skuleberget a Via Ferrata session was naturally. A warm but very fine day, resulted in two routes and a couple over hours hanging on the cliff side.
The yellow route at Skuleberget..
The training follows the plan, and at this time of year there are two focus, endurance and preparation. Preparation for the upcoming guide season.
Its time for the preparation of the upcoming guiding time.
And how to do the training, well 30 minutes of pull-ups, push-ups, dips and row. And this combined with 5k running. Tonight there will be a 30k fast hiking with 30 kilo back-pack. that endurance training..
And here some new interesting equipment:
Suunto Spartan Ultra will be awaiable in august. A new collection of GPS clocks for multisport and adventures.
A new back pack from Gregory:
Gregorys Baltoro, a new back pack.
Lundhags Makke pant, a smart field trouser. With ventilation on the inside of the thigh. One of the best trousers I have test (without scale protection)
And you, don’t forget the Utefest at Docksta 9-11/9.
Trail running in history areas. During the weekend I went up to Jämtland for some trail running.
I started from Tossasen on Saturday morning and run to Lunndorren mountain cabin. The old trail between Jamtland and Harjedalen. Quite interesting place. During winter you can fins some real fine ice climbing routes. But be aware of this is one of the toughest place to be at when the wind is hard. So this is the place to prepare for a tough expedition. If you able to set up the tent here in a storm, you are ready for high peaks. There was no people at all at the trail, so its not so very often used this days.
And now over to the guides tips. It can be hard to set stiches in the field, but then you can use some surgery tape instead.
For becoming a good mountaineerer you need to strengthen your mind.
To build up your mind strength, you need to improve your; confidence, courage, commitment, control and your purpose. To start with the confidence. How to build it up: Stay away from the negativity and bring on the positive. Change your body language and image (pulling your shoulders back etc.) Don’t accept failures and get rid of the negative voices in your head.Be prepared, read and learn all about the area you are going in to. For tough times, when all else fails: create a great list. a list of all your life experience. all things you have accomplish.
A mountaineerer thoughts: This time of year is very hectic. We planning for all upcoming events, and there is a lot to planned and get fixed. But the most important will be to remember to live the life you want. I also think it is important to do some unplanned adventures as well. Just go out with no special purpose, let the purpose be to live and enjoy. A good cup a coffee in the mountain environment will be good enough. So keep up your spirit, and do some easy adventures as well:-)
And the training, still going strong and follows the plan. Today there has been a trail running workout, and a time at the gym. 180 strict press within 9 minutes is quite good.
And some gear: I have tried Dynafits Enduro 12. A trail running backpack. It is sitting perfect on the back, and you almost don’t feel it even packed with equipment. A good friend at the mountain trails..
And this weeks music will be Swedish with a message about that the road is the target. Good thinking enjoy the ride, reaching the top will be a bonus:-) A good thought.
The summer is upcoming. You can feel the power of the nature when you out there. At the moment the training is in the best of ways. You can combined everything. At the moment it is planning time, lot of activities is coming, and need to be planned. So there will be a time to spent in Chamonix. And there will be some tours to Skuleberget to look forward to.
Ulf Bergman, in a guides best position. Out there with clients.(Photo Goran Karlén)
The training follows the planning, and 8 sessions this week. real tough ones also.
This weeks product will be Grivels back pack. Grivel always got real good stuff. High quality, and with real god detailed solutions.
Grivels Zen 30L (also available in 20L and 40L) Ski slot and Ice axe slot. A prefect friend on the mountain.
Calazo has also coming out with a new guide book. Mountain hikes in Harjedalen. Quite good information of the Harjedalen area in Sweden.
Last weekend we went to Skuleberget again. With 3 different routes we was real satisfied. On the last I got company by a viper.
Two expectant climbers for via Ferrata (Michael and Göran).
A satisfied client at the end of the via Ferrata route, with a magnificent view over the High coast.(Höga kusten).
There has been a intensive debate about the night trains in Sweden. The entrepreneur SJ want to stop all night trains. The tourist associations have tried to change or at least to have some impact of the decision. From my point of view, I think they can stop it. With the high prices, bad service and old railway waggons it would be better for someone else to take it over. They have not been interested of the area for the last 10 years, so let someone else who can combine it wit good service for the travellers to take over. A perfect start for a nice mountain adventure.
Change entrepreuneur and let us get service when we travel to the mountains.
A fantastic summer season is upcoming. Trail running, Via Ferrata, Mountaineering, kayaking a hall of bunch adventures. At the moment I am planning for some trail running. Maybe it will be in the Härjedals/Jämtlands area.
Lunndörren a nice area for trail running.
And the training, well this week has been a good week. with 9 workouts with 670 minutes, and including a swim run workout. The swim run season is here…
Swim run season is here..
And if you are interested of what a mountain guide will use for clothing, maybe this one can be interesting.
Elevates clothing is developed by Jimmy Odén (mountain guide).
We can now see a new era coming up. The mountaineering hikes people was doing before, has become more rare. The Samis in Swedish Lappland can confirm this. Today people go for a action weekend for climbing or off-pist skiing. This are good in the way that it will become more wilderness then before, but the trails will risk to be overgrown.
Rapadalen at Sarek will become more wild, since people change their hiking habits.
As a mountaineerer you always must improve your self. The mental strength is also one of the most important parts. This will be some of the characteristics you can develop:
Unwavering self belief, Ability to visualise success in detail, Ability to accept and deal with fear, Ability to manage doubt, Bulletproof positivity, The enjoyment of suffering, Mental Endurance, Sharp Focus, Confidence in your ability, Risk management skills.
Peter Habeler, a mountaineerer with those skills..
And if you want to make a difference and make yours and others life better:
1. Dedicate yourself to things that gives you meaning and purpose.
2. Commit to continually bettering yourself.
3. Engage with people in open mutually-beneficial way.
4. Invest your time and energy not in what is, but what can be.
5. Spread your knowledge and what you know.
6. Uplift others as you ascend.
7. Use the power and influence well..
The training follows the plan, even the number of hours of sleep has decreased. this due to a Siberian Husky puppy. But today I felt strong and made real good effort:-)
And now some music related to one of the subject:-)